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  • Can you ride a mare when shes in heat
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    01-11-2009, 04:54 PM
  #1
Green Broke
Angry Mare in heat!

Very frustrating...I've only had Sandie 8 weeks and this is the THIRD time she's been in heat since I have had her! So basically she's been in heat this whole darn time -- but the first day or so is always the worst! She gets mean with the other horses (esp other mares), she tried to kick one today that went by her while I was grooming her! And she calls to EVERYONE else in the barn...she is normally very quiet and calm, but the day she goes into heat she just starts crying out to every other horse within a mile radius, and she paces back and forth in her stall (even though she's been out playing ALL DAY).

A few people have suggested I use some sort of natural supplement for her...does anyone else use anything to calm mares in heat down/regulate or make the cycles less often? What do you use?
     
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    01-11-2009, 05:12 PM
  #2
Yearling
This is off topic but I have always owned geldings and Abby is my first mare and I was woundering how do you know there in heat?

Sorry that I can't answer your question
     
    01-11-2009, 06:12 PM
  #3
Weanling
If she's pacing she might be in pain so try some Bute.
     
    01-11-2009, 06:13 PM
  #4
Yearling
Some mares will squat farther down when they go to urinate, their vulve will be a little bit swollen and have a discharge. Some will also get ready to urinate but they just spray a little.
     
    01-11-2009, 06:13 PM
  #5
Yearling
Vulva*
     
    01-11-2009, 06:16 PM
  #6
Showing
Ah, I hate when they get like that. Well, some mares. Daytona has those days, & about 2wks ago I was riding her & she was acting totally different; so I ended up getting off & lunging her to cool off some steam-it worked! I got her to pay attention as well, instead of being a pain in the butt. Sometimes it can't be helped though; mares are mares!
     
    01-11-2009, 06:22 PM
  #7
Yearling
Quote:
Originally Posted by toosexy4myspotz    
Some mares will squat farther down when they go to urinate, their vulve will be a little bit swollen and have a discharge. Some will also get ready to urinate but they just spray a little.
ok Thankyou
     
    01-11-2009, 07:05 PM
  #8
Green Broke
Dixies, they can be in pain from just being in heat?? No one's ever mentioned that to me...

Poptart, I know what you mean! I do longe her every day, before I ride, but today all we did was longe, I never got on her because she was acting so "marish" -- and when she gets like that she stops paying attention and listening during riding, she just seems very on edge and calls out to the other horses with me on her back!...my trainer got on her and had a hell of a time with her, so at least SOMEONE rode her! But she gets rather "flighty" when she's in heat so I didn't want to take my chances (he's a much stronger rider, that's why he's the trainer and I'm the student lol)
     
    01-11-2009, 07:09 PM
  #9
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by CrazyChester    
ok Thankyou
To add to "how you can tell": I know that my mare and another in the barn both call (whinny at the top of their lungs!!) to the other horses in the barn CONSTANTLY when they're going into heat...even when we're riding them sometimes!

That was the big sign today...she was just calling and calling in her stall and would not stop, it was almost embarassing, she was disrupting the whole barn and others were trying to ride and hold conversations and here's Sandie screaming her head off at the geldings lol!!

Oh that and any geldings anywhere near her will stick up their top lip, it looks hilarious, it's called the "flehmen response" (Flehmen response - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

Those 2 things are the tell tale signs for Sandie and a few other mare-owners I know!
     
    01-11-2009, 07:11 PM
  #10
Green Broke
Hey but has anyone tried any herbal supplements or anything? I don't really want to medicate her with actual meds from the vet, I'd like to try something natural first...I've heard of "Moody Mare" and others like it...has anyone tried anything like that before?
     

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